Singapore Airshow delivers more aircraft orders for Airbus

Airbus has clinched another deal for new aircraft at the Singapore Airshow.

It confirmed that Vietjet Air has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purchase of 20 A330-900 widebodies.

Earlier this week the manufacturer, which has key UK operations in the North West and South West, revealed that STARLUX Airlines of Taiwan had placed a firm order for five all-new A350F freighters and three more A330neo widebody aircraft at the airshow.

When finalised, this will be Vietjet’s first ever widebody order. The aircraft will be operated on the carrier’s growing long range network, as well as on high capacity regional services. They will replace the carrier’s current fleet of leased A330-300s, as well as providing for network expansion.

Vietjet Chief Executive, Dinh Viet Phuong, said: “The new A330neo aircraft is a strategic addition to comprehensively modernise Vietjet’s fleet, enhancing operational capabilities to support our global flight network expansion plan.

“Its fuel-efficient new generation design aligns with our sustainable development strategy and ESG goals, aiming for net zero emissions by 2050. With the introduction of the A330neo, passengers can look forward to longer range, well equipped flights with excellent services at more competitive fares.”

Christian Scherer, CEO of the Commercial Aircraft business of Airbus, said: “We are excited to work with Vietjet on the next phase of the carrier’s expansion.

“The A330neo will enable the airline to achieve the lowest possible operating costs per seat and to continue to offer its customers the best possible value wherever they fly. It will also be the perfect complement to the A321XLRs already on order with the airline, as it spreads its wings to more far flung destinations.”

Airbus employs 5,000 staff at its Broughton plant, near Chester, which makes wings for all its commercial aircraft, and around 3,000 staff at its Filton plant in Bristol.